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double dovetails

2007-01-05 16:11:09.815071+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Furniture porn: building the ultimate blanket chest, discovered while looking for information on "double dovetails" after seeing the technique on the demo video for the Incra Universal Positioning Jig

[ related topics: Furniture Woodworking ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-01-05 22:45:01.834402+00 by: meuon [edit history]

That's furniporn all right. While you drool over such precision machining, Nancy and I are going to whack together a more solid frame to the 12' computer desk we share. When the cat jumps on it, it and several monitors shake with it. Big kitty. - Frame of 2x4's.. metal brackets..

#Comment Re: made: 2007-01-05 23:59:36.40786+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, I was hanging out in Charlene's brother Rob's home shop this last weekend, watching one of his sons built a router table. I knew I was in a different world because the router table (shop furniture, after all) legs were maple, not 2x4 fir. I knew I was doubly in a world when Ryan asked for suggestions because some lumber was "a full 1/32 of an inch" under dimension. Before my snazzy new saw I'm not sure I've ever gotten a freakin' balsa wood and X-acto cut within 1/32"...

Metal, yes, and probably styrene, but it was an indoctrination into the ranks of real woodworkers that there wasn't generally either 50 grit sandpaper, a mallet, or wood filler necessary to make dadoes work.

(And what totally sold me on the saw was seeing Ryan with one they'd borrowed from a friend for a few cuts. Ryan made those cuts, cleaned up the circular saw, put it away, went for the tablesaw, started to set it up, and then pulled out the circular saw and rail and went back to it. Anyone playing with 1/32" tolerances in wood while building shop furniture shelves and choosing a circular saw over a tablesaw is instant credible endorsement.)

Now I'm thinking that #6 and #8 screws have 32TPI and should mesh to within a thousandth or two, so if I can find #8 threaded rod that might make a good indexer for a router table fence.

Other interesting technique: Building a simple XY jig to use the router to mill a flat surface after building a top from laminated wood: http://www.jeffgreefwoodworkin...c/ShopProj/benchrout/index2.html

So on your shelves, I've been a fan of ¾" ply for assorted rough shelving, sometimes with a veneer and hardwood faced (now that I can do rip cuts I won't be limited to 1½x¾ facing), but I'm beginning to wonder if I'd make a better choice with MDF (as distinct from particle board). Just don't know how sag prone it is. Played with MDF any?

#Comment Re: made: 2007-01-07 18:59:03.055506+00 by: Nancy [edit history]

In Pande's defense, she is NOT ALL THAT BIG!!! She's barely a year old, for crying out loud!! ;-)